Technology

October 10, 2018

Amazon reportedly scraps inner AI recruiting software that was biased towards ladies

Bias in machine learning can be a problem even for companies with plenty of experience with AI, like Amazon. According to a report from Reuters, the e-commerce giant had to scrap an internal project that was trying to use AI to vet job applications after the software consistently downgraded female candidates.
October 10, 2018

Andy Rubin’s Important is reportedly engaged on an AI cellphone that pretends to be you

Consumer electronics startup Essential Products is reportedly working on a new device that will use artificial intelligence to mimic users and respond to messages on their behalf. According to a report from Bloomberg, the gadget is the company’s latest focus after its first hardware product, the Essential Phone, failed to take off with consumers last year.
October 10, 2018

The age of the aluminum flagship cellphone is over

Like a flock of migrating birds, smartphone makers tend to move from one new trend to the next in groups. One moment, you have an aluminum iPhone 6S with a headphone jack and no notch, and the next, you’re watching the phone market become overrun with iPhone X clones that omit the jack, embrace the notch, and ditch the metal. The last major name still standing by aluminum as its construction material of choice was Google, and that laggard behavior was corrected yesterday with the launch of the all-glass Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Now, the aluminum flagship phone is well and truly dead.
October 10, 2018

The third season of Why’d You Push That Button begins on October 17th

We’re back at it again. Why’d You Push That Button, The Verge’s podcast about all the choices technology forces us to make, is returning for a third season on October 17th. As usual, we’ll cover pressing issues of our time, like why you left your friends’ group chat, what it’s like to be an Instagram boyfriend, and why you refuse to type with uppercase letters.
October 10, 2018

The MTA seeks high-tech options for its bus and subway disaster

New York’s subways and buses are in crisis. As it copes with cascading delays, traffic congestion, and declines in ridership, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is seeking salvation from an unlikely source: the tech sector. On Wednesday, the MTA announced the creation of “the nation’s first Transit Tech Lab,” an accelerator designed to vet new high-tech products designed to help improve the nation’s largest public transit system.
October 10, 2018

Dropbox will now scan your current photographs for textual content

Dropbox is building automatic text recognition into its service so that you can search your documents even if they’re saved as images like JPEGs or PNGs. Text will also be recognised in PDF files if they contain scans or photographs of your document. You’ll need to have one of Dropbox’s premium accounts to take advantage of the new feature.
October 10, 2018

Google has an enormous benefit over Fb in a disaster

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October 10, 2018

Brainwavz’s Blu 300 are low-cost wi-fi earbuds you received’t thoughts sporting within the rain

The Brainwavz Blu 300 are a new pair of Bluetooth neckbuds at a very affordable price of just $39.50. Brainwavz already produces one of our favorite pairs of in-ear headphones, the high-end B400, and if the Blu 300 offer anything close to the sound quality and comfort of the 400s, then they could be very tempting.
October 10, 2018

Oppo’s Tremendous VOOC is the quickest quick charging we’ve ever seen

Fast charging is a standard feature on high-end smartphones, mitigating the slow progress of battery technology by allowing them to be refilled more quickly. Qualcomm’s own Quick Charge tech is widely used and regularly updated, while even Apple offers another form of the feature on newer iPhones if you’re willing to buy a MacBook charger and USB-C to Lightning cable.
October 10, 2018

The $500 Dyson Airwrap styler vacuums up moist hair to twist it

Dyson has announced its second beauty gadget since the Supersonic, with a hair curler that relies on air rather than extreme temperatures. The product, called the Airwrap styler, is powered by Dyson’s V9 motor, and it dries hair via a phenomenon called the Coanda effect, which gets the hair to latch onto the curler.